Silver Scorpion @ Poole YC & End Of Season Party

Scorpion end of season Championships at Poole Yacht Club

With the 2014 Silver Scorpion series results already decided it was time for The final scorpion event of 2014, which was also the first event of the 2015 travelers circuit. This event gave us an insight into what 2015 holds for the Scorpion class with three times National champion Tom Jeffcoate returning to the sharp end of the fleet and Ryan and Hannah Buchanan showing promise despite destroying a number of ropes on the boat.

On Saturday the class endured two very light wind races. Race 1 and Barry “The Big Bad Wolf” Wolfenden stole the win from the young girly pairing of Helena Pugh and Libby Courage by choosing the biased end of the finish line. It was then a scramble for the next places as three boats finished within a couple of boat lengths of each other. Race two and the wind had dropped away even more. Tom Jeffcoate and guest star crew MJ were leading until the final beat where Pete “Maverick” Mitchell and Pete Gray hit the right hand side of the course and escaped from the rest of the fleet. Mitchell just piped Gray on the line with a little bit of rocking and rolling to get him home ;-).

The race officer made a great call part of the way through the second race to shorten the course and send the fleet home to get ready for the Black tie evening dinner. At the end of the day the close racing and fluky conditions had left five boats tied for the lead on seven points.

Sunday morning dawned with several sore heads and with others feeding the fish! After a motivational pre race talk from mirror worlds coach Alex Hayman, Pete Mitchell found the “GO” button taking victory in two of the days races. This wrapped up the event but there was still all to play for in the other placings. Tom and MJ and Pete Gray and Alex raced off to avoid writing this report, which is the reward for finishing in third place. Tom won this race which left Pete with the pen and paper! However as these two boats got distracted it left the door wide open for Nev Herbert to take his first race victory in the Scorpion Class.

Thanks to Poole Yacht Club for hosting a fantastic 3 course dinner and evening entertainment, along with some close racing in testing conditions. The Silver Scorpion fixtures are now in place for the 2015 season so please check the Scorpion website for further details. Look forward to seeing everybody on the water in 2015!

Images Courtesy Of Mike Millard
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Results;

Rank Boat SailNo Club HelmName CrewName R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Total Nett
1st 2013 HISC Pete Mitchell Simon Forbes (6.0) 1.0 1.0 1.0 4.0 13.0 7.0
2nd 2017 Notts County SC Tom Jeffcoate Ms Gifford 3.0 (4.0) 3.0 2.0 2.0 14.0 10.0
3rd 2022 SHSC Peter Gray Alex Gray 5.0 2.0 2.0 (6.0) 3.0 18.0 12.0
4th 2024 Bough Beech SC Barry Wolfenden Maguire Team 1.0 (7.0) 6.0 4.0 5.0 23.0 16.0
5th 203 Poole YC Helena Pugh Libby Courage 2.0 5.0 5.0 5.0 (6.0) 23.0 17.0
6th 2028 Hamble River SC Ryan Buchanan Hannah Buchanan 4.0 3.0 4.0 7.0 (15.0 DNC) 33.0 18.0
7th 2021 Royal Lymington YC Nev Herbert Andy Hayman (9.0) 8.0 8.0 3.0 1.0 29.0 20.0
8th 2023 Richard Searle Lucy Searle 7.0 6.0 (9.0) 9.0 7.0 38.0 29.0
9th 1980 LLSC Alex Knight Andrea Fellows 10.0 9.0 7.0 8.0 (15.0 DNC) 49.0 34.0
10th 1990 Paignton SC Jamie Roberts Tracey Roberts 11.0 (12.0) 12.0 12.0 8.0 55.0 43.0
11th 1939 Castle Cove SC Rob Smith Sandra Smith 12.0 11.0 10.0 10.0 (15.0 DNC) 58.0 43.0
12th 2014 Lyme Regis SC Tim Parsons Mike Hannan 8.0 10.0 11.0 (15.0 DNC) 15.0 DNC 59.0 44.0
13th 2015 Sutton Bingham SC Jo Mahy Ian Dooley (13.0) 13.0 13.0 11.0 9.0 59.0 46.0
14th 892 Castle Cove SC James Bishop Leigh Bishop (14.0) 14.0 14.0 13.0 10.0 65.0 51.0

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